You have probably heard of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as it’s not a new term in the fitness industry. While it’s a commonly used word, most people have no clue what it entails.
In this blog, we will discuss what HIIT is, benefits and common mistakes to avoid when engaging in such exercises. Let’s get started!
What is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval training workouts combine short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. These are workouts that involve short bursts of intense exercise changed with low-intensity recovery periods. Studies reveal HIIT is the most time-efficient way to exercise.
A HIIT workout typically ranges from 10 to 30 minutes. It is also advisable to perform such workouts 2 to 3 times a week to allow for recovery and long-term results.
Benefits of HIIT:
1. It is efficient
Having a tight busy schedule might make it difficult for you to exercise. Looking to get in shape despite your busy schedule? Studies reveal that an intense interval training repeated 2 or 3 times a week is more effective than spending an hour on the treadmill.
2. You will burn more calories within a short time
Did you know that you can burn more calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you would after a long run or jog? and repairs your body. HIIT allows you to burn more calories than you do during steady-state cardio exercises like running and repairs your body.
3. You will gain muscle
HIIT workout helps to increase muscle mass. It is worth mentioning that you are more likely to gain muscle mass in the muscles being used the most. Not only will it build your muscles, but it will also improve your ability to keep working out.
4. Reduces heart rate and blood pressure
Engaging in HIIT workouts helps to reduce your blood pressure and blood sugar, heart rate and blood pressure.
5. Reduces blood sugar
Another benefit of HIIT workout is that it reduces your blood sugar level and improves insulin resistance as compared to traditional exercise. If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, HIIT is a good way to control your blood sugar level.
6. Increases your metabolism
Not only does HIIT workout burn fat, but it also increases the production of human growth Hormones which helps to slow down your aging process. Not only will you shed unhealthy fat and strengthen your muscles, but you also help you feel young and healthy. Who doesn't want that?
Common HIIT Mistakes To Avoid
We have established the fact that HIIT workouts are integral to muscle building, weight loss, calorie reduction, and blood sugar level. However, you might fail to reap these benefits if you are making these mistakes.
You don’t eat prior to workouts
Your intervals are too long
You are resting too long between rounds
Skipping rest periods
You are not doing workouts that you enjoy
Failing to warm-up
Your intensity is not high enough
High-intensity interval training is a very efficient way to exercise and may help you burn more calories than you would with other forms of exercise.
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